I CAN’T MAKE ART OUT OF COMPUTER CODES! by Helen Andersen. Mixed media on paper, 12.75″ x 20″
At first, new technologies must always seem alien and hostile to artists when they invade older crafts. Helen’s cry of resistance is her good humoured response. Of course, she HAS done exactly what she said she could not do. The colours are happy ones and there’s a playful messiness in the way materials are applied. Take that, you cold, unfeeling bar codes!
This piece also belongs to Peter Tatham (see entry below) and shows not only his wide range of taste, but Helen’s ready shift of style, whenever required, to make her point. In this way, as in her empathetic appreciation of aboriginal culture and experience, Helen was an artist ahead of her time.